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Timothy William Burton was born on August 25, 1958. At an early age, he decided to attend an art school in California. Tim directed a number of short films when he first started his career. His earliest known film he created when he was just thirteen, which is //The Island of Doctor Agor//. He started working with Disney, but quickly figured out that they were far from his originality and what he really wanted to work on. Disney then gave Burton the ability to work on his own projects. He then came out with his first stop motion short, //Vincent//, a tribute to Vincent Price in 1982. Later, he came out with a half-hour short called //Frankenweenie//, which was never released due to its innappropriate content. Paul Reubens, also known as Pee Wee Herman, found this short film fascinating and asked Burton to direct the surprisingly enormous hit //Pee Wee's Big Adventure//, which led to //Beetle Juice//. This film then led to Batman. Burton related the least with //Batman//, although it quickly became one of his most successful films.

Shortly after, he came out with //Edward Scissorhands// which sparked his working relationship with Johnny Depp, he directed //Batman Returns//. He did, however, have a few films that did not do particularly well at the box office, such as //Mars Attacks//! and //Ed Wood//. Burton then returned to the darker atmosphere that he is most known for with //Sleepy Hollow//, then he remade the classic //Planet of the Apes//. While on the set for Planet of the Apes, he met his current wife, Helena Bonham Carter. Shortly after, he directed //Big Fish//, //Charlie and the Chocolate Factory//, //Corpse Bride//, and //Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street//. These are not his only accomplishments, these are just the ones that are most recognisable and that many associate with the famous director. Currently, he is re-releasing Frankenweenie, which is set to come out in December 2009. He is also directing //Alice in Wonderland// and //Dark Shadows//.


Normally his films consist of dark settings, stop motion, foggy streets, eerie music, a London setting, and even the occasional monster. He has used Johnny Depp in a number of his films, as well as Helena Bonham Carter. The musical director he uses often is Danny Elfman, who has been in almost all of Burton's films. His plots normally consist of the 'tortured soul' who goes into the new world for revenge or a journey. The protagonist normally is confronted with a love intrest that hinders his journey or is the journey itself. His movies always include death, mutilation, murder, darkness, secrecy, and a main character tormented by a terrible past.


The style of Burton is very unique: sharp transitions and contrasts, distorted perspectives and stylized lighting. His love for many things bizarre, dark and shadowy have contributed to his over-all film style. Edward Scissorhands has his well-known pastel colors and gothic expressions. Burton always tries his best to connect with the films he makes. His vision for them: to be able to relate to us, so we can feel sympathetic and identify with the characters and the situations they fall into. Tim Burton is a man of visions, and also one of the most unique directors in Hollywood today.

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sweeney_todd_poster_the_knife.jpgSweeney Todd:

'Sweeney' has the right amount of gore, darkness, and the classic 'tortured soul' to keep avid Burton fans happy. The film takes place in 19th century London, a classic scenery motif for Burton. The foggy night streets that Benjamin Barker, the protagonist, frequently walks are the setting for Burton's newest masterpiece. Johnny Depp, portraying the evil barber, Benjamin Barker, is also a frequent actor in Burton's films. Not only is Depp in the film but also Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter, plays the beautifully tragic Mrs. Lovett. The two unlikely partners (a pie shop owner and barber) pair up to make this duo one you definitely don't want to have on your bad side. Barker is seeks out the vindictive Judge Turpin, who framed Barker for a crime he did not commit. His revenge journey forces him to kill several people to get to the Judge. Unsure what to do with the bodies, Mrs. Lovett grinds the meat and serves them in the meat pies to unsuspecting customers. This twisted story, based on a real serial killer, was one sure to entice Tim Burton. Throughout the movie, blood is one of the only things in vivid color. Most characters are surrounded in darkness, except the beautiful daughter, Joanna. The dark London setting, foggy streets, eerie Sondheim soundtrack, and monstrous main character make this film a classic Burton flick.

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'Big Fish' is one of Burton's lighter movies, compared to 'Corpse Bride' and 'Sweeney Todd'. It's got drama, adventure, even comedy! This film, is co-narrated by a man named Edward Bloom(Albert Finney) and his son, Will(Billy Crudup). Will has heard his dying father's ridiculous stories more than he ever wanted to in his lifetime. He could basically repeat them word for word. All of it nonsense, according to him. Although, his father still believes that he envisioned 143124__big_l.jpghimself dying in a different way, not lying in a bed, drinking medicine day after day. He thinks he saw his death in the eye of an old witch when he was a young boy. This movie enters into a series of flashbacks, contributing to our view to the story as a whole. This lets the audience really know and feel what the main character and his father are feeling about each situation. Edward is dying of cancer, and Will stopped speaking to him because he believes him to be a chronic liar and storyteller. When Will's mother(Jessica Lange) calls him about the news, Will flies from Paris with his new wife to come back to make things right with his father. As Edward's story unfolds in an array of flashbacks and memories, Will begins to understand who his father really is. This film also has incredible color and a wonderful selection of actors. They each portray his/her character extraordinarily well and make this story come to life. Burton relates to this film in a way he had never before. His father died from cancer in 2000 and his mother, in 2007. He found that this script unlocked deep feelings in him that he could never put into words, and still cannot. Though this is one of the lighter Burton films, the talent and wonder it possesses will never change.



    • Beetle Juice (1988)
    • Batman (1989)
    • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    • Corpse Bride (2005)
    • Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)


    • Venice Film Festival Future Film Festival Digital Award- Corpse Bride
    • Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Film- Edward Scissorhands
    • Ottowa International Animation Festival Audience Award- Vincent
    • National Board of Review Award - Corpse Bride
    • British Animation Awards Best Feature- Corpse Bride
  • Burton was nominated for 23 Awards, not including those listed above.


Burton's first stop motion short, called Vincent.

Trailer for Big Fish

Interview with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton from Sweeney Todd.

Trailer for Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Trailer for Corpse Bride.



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